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Thursday, December 23, 2010

Ho Ho Ho Bang, Black X-Mass, Radioactive's Holiday Extravaganza, Free Jewish Museum and More

Posted By on Thu, Dec 23, 2010 at 7:00 AM

click to enlarge This Saturday marks the 13th annual Black X-Mass with Karla LaVey at the Elbo Room. - HANNA QUEVEDO
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  • This Saturday marks the 13th annual Black X-Mass with Karla LaVey at the Elbo Room.

Can't stand another minute of the eye-drooping boredom of this whole holiday family time thing? Or are you stuck in town due to circumstances beyond your control? Either way, to fix the problem, here's our extra special Thursday-extended list of 10 cool, weird, and cheap S.F. events this weekend for less than a black market bottle of Xanex (or so we're told):

Kitten and Tropicana @ Madrone Art Bar (Thurs.)
Madrone offers two very different, yet equally entertaining, club nights this Thursday. During happy hour, Kitten on the Keys will recall Tin Pan Alley with her soulful crooning and keyboard styling. Then, by 9 p.m., the bar turns to Tropicana, with DJs Don Bustamante, Apocolypto, Santero and Mr. E spinning salsa, reggaeton, and merengue. (Free, 6 p.m.)

Sita Sings the Blues @ Red Vic Movie House (Thurs.)
In 2002, Nina Paley's husband moved from San Francisco to India for a six-month contract, an upheaval that ended with him dumping her via e-mail. Paley, an animator with a long résumé of short films, took solace in the sweet-voiced jazz stylings of Annette Hanshaw as well as the Ramayana, a Sanskrit epic telling stories of several Hindu gods. These two post-breakup fixations also provided the inspiration for her first feature, an accomplished charm offensive called Sita Sings the Blues. Using digital, hand-drawn, and collage animation, Paley traces the love story between gods Sita and Rama, creating a witty symbiosis between her images and the ingenious narration provided by a chummy peanut gallery of three Indian voices. ($6-$9, 7:15 and 9:15 p.m.) -- Michelle Orange

Baxtalo Drom @ Amnesia (Fri.)
Once a month, Amnesia is overrun by a boisterous gypsy punk cabaret. San Francisco's Baxtalo Drom brings back those titillating vintage entertainment styles like vaudeville, burlesque, and live belly dancing. ($7-$10, 9 p.m.)


Loose Joints @ Make-Out Room (Fri.) 
For more than two years, the DJ trio of Tom Thump, Damon Bell, and DJ Centipede has offered up Loose Joints, the most ass-shakingest weekly survey of African-rooted pop in the city. Step into the Make-Out Room, order a couple of drinks, admire the sparkly ceiling decor, and listen before you dance. Along with a boatload of quality American and British funk and soul, these guys throw down Ethiopian jazz-funk, Nigerian Afrobeat, Puerto Rican boogaloo, and much more. ($5, 10 p.m.) -- Ron Nachmann

Target Community (Free) Day @ Contemporary Jewish Museum (Sat.) 
Woe to be a Jew on Christmas. Year after year, it's Chinese food and movies (wait, that's not half-bad). But this year Jewish brethren -- and any art-minded folks -- can instead peruse the halls of a magnificent modern museum. The Contemporary Jewish Museum is open free of charge, all day. Check out current exhibits such as "Curious George Saves the Day" and "Black Sabbath: The Secret Musical History of Black-Jewish Relations." You also can purchase vegetarian dim sum at the CJM cafe. (Free, 11 a..m.-5 p.m.)

Black X-Mass @ Elbo Room (Sat.) 
There's hating the holidays (whine) and there's having a devilish laugh at the expense of those who take it all too seriously (Black X Mass). This is the 13th year that the event has been put on by Karla LaVey, founder of the First Satanic Church. She's the daughter of the late Anton LaVey, who founded the original Church of Satan. One might think that organized, overt Satanists would be all dark and defensive on this day, the Christian-Capitalist Super Bowl, but one would be wrong. Karla & Co. are known for being simultaneously fierce and funny. Acts include oddball rockers the Fuxedos, black-wall-of-sound providers the Graves Brothers Deluxe, and guitar-and-horn heroes Los Murderachis. Barney the Theremin Wizard deals experimental electronica, and Dimesland delivers what it calls "avant metal." (9.99, 9 p.m.) -- Keith Bowers

Ho Ho Ho Bang @ Deco Lounge (Sat.) 
Well this is one way to flip holiday tradition on its side: Ho Ho Ho Bang is a disco trash Christmas for the less sentimental of us. Decked out in glossy decorations and frosted fake snow, Deco Lounge will transform into a 1970s discotheque during Christmastime. Ho Ho Ho Bang says the party is for gays, straights, drag queens -- anyone ready to dance. 
(Free before 10 p.m., $5 after; 9 p.m.)

Radioactive's Holiday Extravaganza @ Madrone Art Bar (Sat.) 
Radioactive is by no means just a simple DJ. Best known for his work with Michael Franti's Spearhead, Radioactive is an emcee, beatboxer, writer and painter who incorporates musical instruments into his beat-heavy live performance. (Free, 10 p.m.)

Cowboy Bebop X-Mas Movie Marathon @ Bridge Theatre (Sat.) 
The donation-only Cowboy Bebop X-mas Movie Marathon at Bridge Theatre includes screenings of "Ballad of Fallen Angels," "Jupiter Jazz 1 and 2," and "The Real Folk Band Blues 1 and 2." Be sure to come dressed in your anime-inspired finest -- there's a costume contest. (Free, 11:45 p.m.-3 a.m.)

45 Club @ Knockout (Sun.) 
Christmas has come and gone, it's time to get dancing. For groovy and funky soul hit the Knockout this Sunday and enjoy tunes spun by DJs Dirty Dishes, English Steve, and DX the Funky Granpaw. (Free, 10 p.m.)

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